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Latest News: Jazz

 Recording of the Week, Tigran Hamasyan, 'StandArt'

by Joshua Lee

Tigran Hamasyan's latest recording sees him tackling an album's worth of American standard repertoire with the same experimental flair that makes his original compositions so compelling.

 New Release Round-up, New and Upcoming Vinyl - May 2022

by Joshua Lee

The latest vinyl issues include 2021 releases from Nishla Smith and Esperanza Spalding, and reissues of classics by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

 Tangents, The Legacy of 'Madvillainy'

by Joshua Lee

Madlib and MF DOOM's now-iconic 2004 collaborative record provided a young Josh his gateway into hip-hop music, and more than holds up today as a hip-hop classic with some tangential links to jazz, funk and soul music.

 Recording of the Week, Gilad Hekselman, 'Far Star'

by Joshua Lee

Gilad Hekselman's tenth studio album has the New York-based guitarist at his most creative and daring, with curious sonic experimentation and contributions from Eric Harland and Shai Maestro.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 12th May 2022

by Joshua Lee

This week's latest jazz releases include a double-feature from avant-garde guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Oded Tzur's follow-up to his 2020 record Here Be Dragons, guitarist Gilad Hekselman's Edition Records debut Far Star, and a collection of '70s live recordings by Albert Ayler.

 Artist Profile, 6 Essential Joe Lovano Recordings

by Joshua Lee

We take a look back at some of our favourite albums by American saxophonist Joe Lovano, from his mid-90s recordings with Blue Note to recent work with ECM.

 Recording of the Week, Emile Parisien, 'Louise'

by Matt Groom

Dedicated to the great sculptor Louise Bourgeois, Emile Parisien's latest project is a multi-faceted joy, performed by a truly international group of musicians.

 Artist Profile, Essentials - John Abercrombie

by Joshua Lee

For our second instalment of 'Essentials', we give some recommendations on where to start with the vast catalogue of American jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.

 Recommended New Release, Anna von Hausswolff, 'Live at Montreux Jazz Festival'

by Joshua Lee

Anna von Hausswolff's spellbinding set at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival enjoys a vinyl release on Southern Lord and Pomperipossa Records, making for an excellent introduction to the Swedish pipe organist/singer-songwriter's dark musical world.

 Recording of the Week, Ornette Coleman, 'Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Recordings'

by Joshua Lee

An archival re-issue by Craft Recordings offers the perfect excuse to revisit a major visionary of jazz music's earliest recordings.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 28th April 2022

by Joshua Lee

The latest jazz recordings include an album of standards from Tigran Hamasyan, new sounds from April Records, and music from Norwegian pianist Jon Balke inspired by 11th Century Spain.

 Recording of the Week, Fergus McCreadie, 'Forest Floor'

by Joshua Lee

On his third trio album, the Scottish pianist proves there's still plenty left to explore with his fusion of Celtic folk melodies and piano trio jazz.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 21st April 2022

by Joshua Lee

The latest jazz releases include new albums from Soccer96, young jazz quintet Tabloid, trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski, and saxophonist Trish Clowes.

 Recording of the Week, Little North, 'Familiar Places'

by Joshua Lee

The Danish piano trio's third album sees them building on their eclectic style, where cinematic Nordic jazz meets groove-heavy contemporary sounds, with a couple of much-welcome guest features thrown into the mix.

 New Release Round-up, New and Upcoming Vinyl - April 2022

by Joshua Lee

The latest jazz vinyl releases include several Blue Note classic reissues from Cassandra Wilson, Hank Mobley and others, as well as recent releases from Chick Corea, Marquis Hill and Gerald Clayton.

 Interview, Trish Clowes on 'A View With a Room'

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with the British saxophonist and songwriter to talk about her latest album on Greenleaf Music, her creative process, and her 2022 tour plans.

 Recording of the Week, Tord Gustavsen Trio, 'Opening'

by Joshua Lee

The Norwegian pianist's latest ECM recording proves to be an essential listen for any piano trio enthusiast, showcasing carefully constructed melodies, texture and atmosphere.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 7th April 2022

by Joshua Lee

The latest album from Fergus McCreadie, McCoy Tyner with Freddie Hubbard in 1980s Hamburg, and rarities from Tony Oxley are amongst the latest jazz releases this week.

 Presto Chart, The Jazz Chart - March 2022

by Joshua Lee

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for March, including new entries from Cécile McLorin Salvant, Melissa Aldana, and a number of albums from our ECM Flash Sale.

 Artist Profile, Essentials - Bill Frisell

by Joshua Lee

We give some recommendations on where to start with American jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, from early entries and sideman features to more recent releases.